CITYWIDE Service Solutions will spearhead works to roll out new dedicated bus lanes along Melbourne’s Victoria Parade in a bid to improve reliability and encourage more people to catch public transport.
As Melbourne’s leading infrastructure experts, Citywide are thrilled to be laying out the foundations to improve cycling and pedestrian connections, upgrade bus stops and signalling to prioritise public transport.
Citywide Business Unit Manager Chanz Crowley said it’s a major coup for the company who takes a lot of pride in shaping local communities.
“We are very excited to be part of this project and work closely with the State Government to deliver a comprehensive arterial route which will benefit all motorists,” Mr Crowley said.
“Our work speaks for itself and we are proud to have a team of hard working and talented people who we know will do a remarkable job.”
Transport Minister Terry Mulder said the upgrade is testament to the State Government’s commitment to public transport.
“With nearly 20,000 commuters using buses along Victoria Parade and Hoddle Street every day, this is an important project that will make the daily commute to work a better experience,” Mr Mulder said.
“Once both stages of the project are completed, someone who travels from the eastern suburbs via public transport every weekday could save around 50 minutes per week.”
Through consultation with the City of Melbourne, City of Yarra, Public Transport Victoria, Bicycle Network Victoria and other important stakeholders, a final design has been chosen that will see Citywide deliver a dedicated bus lane along Victoria Parade, while keeping the existing lanes for general traffic.
Also, two new articulated buses will be added to the fleet in early 2015 as a way to move more people between Melbourne and Doncaster.
“New bus lanes along Hoddle Street and Victoria Parade and a new free-flowing exit off the Eastern Freeway, as part of the East West Link, are vital short-term public transport improvements,” Mr Mulder said.
With an extensive inventory of plant and equipment, Citywide executes the full scope of civil and road works, drawing on the resources of the entire business.
Works are set to begin in November.